Acting Consul Fullarton to Earl Russell.—(Received February 1, 1864.)
My Lord: I have the honor to enclose to your lordship a copy of my reply to Mr. Benjamin’s despatch to me of the 8th instant, conveying the president’s order to depart promptly from the confederacy, and in the mean time to cease the exercise of consular functions.
Mr. Benjamin has thought proper to publish his despatch to me in the Richmond newspapers.[Page 863]
Having had committed to my charge the interests of several parties absent in Europe, which my departure would seriously injure, I have requested Mr. Benjamin to rescind that portion of the order requiring me actually to withdraw from the confederacy.
I have, &c.,